The W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG)

Introduction to the TAG

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered (under the W3C Process Document) with stewardship of the Web architecture.

As outlined in its charter, there are three aspects to this mission:

  • to document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary;
  • to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;
  • to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

See the TAG current work page for details of how to work with it, upcoming events, and its publications.

Who are the TAG?

W3C TAG @ GDS, London; Photo Credit: Chaals
Photo Credit: Chaals

The TAG at GDS in London, 31 March 2016
Left to right: Mark Nottingham, Alex Russell, Travis Leithead, David Baron, Yves Lafon, Tim Berners-Lee, Andrew Betts, Daniel Appelquist, Hadley Beeman, Peter Linss

The TAG has 9 participants (5 elected, 3 appointed, and 1 chair) plus a staff contact:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee (W3C) (Chair)
  2. Yves Lafon (W3C) (staff contact)
  3. Daniel Appelquist (Samsung Electronics) (Chair)1
  4. Peter Linss (W3C Invited Expert) (Chair)1
  5. David Baron (Mozilla Foundation)1
  6. Andrew Betts (Financial Times / Nikkei)1
  7. Travis Leithead (Microsoft)2
  8. Sangwhan Moon (Odd Concepts)2
  9. Alex Russell (Google)2
  10. Hadley Beeman(W3C Invited Expert)3

The TAG is partly elected by the Advisory Committee and partly appointed by the Director. Each year the nomination period typically starts 1 November the election typically starts 1 December.